Happy birthday, Norman Reedus! The actor turns 48 today.
Born in Florida back in January 1969, Reedus was raised by his parents Marianne and Ira. Having moved to Los Angeles wit his family, Reedus grew up on the coast and also lived in countries like Ireland, Japan, and Spain. As an adult, the actor worked at a Harley-Davidson retailer in Venice, CA before he was discovered at a party in Los Angeles. It was there that someone asked Reedus if he would like to act in a play, and he was cast in Maps for Drowners.
In 1997, Reedus got his first film role in Mimic thanks to Guillermo del Toro. He then went on to star in Dark Harbor, Gossip, Blade II, American Gangster, and more. The actor also received rave reviews for his work in the movie The Boondock Saints and reprised his role of Christian Alvart in a sequel.
However, fans know Reedus best for his stint on The Walking Dead. In 2010, the actor took on the role of Daryl Dixon the hit AMC drama. Famously, Reedus’ character is not canon to The Walking Dead comics and was created just for the actor after he originally auditioned for the role of Merle. Creator Robert Kirkman felt inspired by the auditioned and opted to bring Reedus in as a brand-new character. The actor has been a part of the long-running series and returned against for the show’s seventh season in October 2016.
Outside of The Walking Dead, Reedus is also known for his work with reality shows and video games. In June 2016, Ride with Norman Reedus debuted, and the actor is also part of Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding project.
Happy birthday, Norman!